Dallas Stars forwards Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza and Cody Eakin have been selected to play for Team Canada in the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, scheduled for May 1-17, 2015 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Seguin finished the 2014-15 season tied for fifth in the NHL with a Stars-best 37 goals this season, matching a career-high. The 23-year-old center also ranked seventh in the League and second on Dallas with 77 points (37-40=77) in 71 regular-season games, while he ranked sixth in the League with a career-best 13 power play goals this season. This marks the second time Seguin has represented Canada in international play as the Brampton, Ont. native also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Spezza finished the 2014-15 season ranked second on Dallas and shared 15th in the NHL with 45 assists, while he ranked third on the Stars with 62 points (17-45=62) in 82 games. The native of Toronto, Ont. led the Stars and ranks 17th in the League with a 54.0% faceoff win percentage (682-for-1262) this season. Spezza has skated for Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2000 (bronze), 2001 (bronze) and 2002 (silver), while he has also represented Canada at the IIHF World Championships in 2008 (silver), 2009 (silver) and 2011.
Eakin registered career-highs in goals (19), assists (21) and points (40) in 78 games during the 2014-15 season. The Winnipeg, Man. native finished the campaign ranked third on Dallas with 19 goals and fourth with 40 points (19-21=40), while he shared 15th in the NHL and first on the Stars with a career-best six game-winning goals. This marks the third time that Eakin will be playing for Team Canada as the 23-year-old represented Canada at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championship as well as the 2011 World U20 Championship (silver).
Stars general manager Jim Nill is serving as general manager of Canada's National Men's Team. Over the past week, Nill has confirmed the following 19 players:
Martin Jones North Vancouver, B.C. Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Mike Smith Kingston, Ont. Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Tyson Barrie Victoria, B.C. Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Brent Burns Barrie, Ont. San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Aaron Ekblad Windsor, Ont. Florida Panthers (NHL)
Jake Muzzin Woodstock, Ont. Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
David Savard St. Hyacinthe, Que. Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Matt Duchene Haliburton, Ont. Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Cody Eakin Winnipeg, Man. Dallas Stars (NHL)
Jordan Eberle Regina, Sask. Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Tyler Ennis Edmonton, Alta. Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Claude Giroux Hearst, Ont. Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Taylor Hall Calgary, Alta. Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Nathan MacKinnon Cole Harbour, N.S. Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Burnaby, B.C. Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Ryan O'Reilly Clinton, Ont. Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Tyler Seguin Brampton, Ont. Dallas Stars (NHL)
Jason Spezza Toronto, Ont. Dallas Stars (NHL)
Tyler Toffoli Scarborough, Ont. Los Angeles Kings (NHL)